In The School Storage Shed

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Robin Lyons Blog PostBLOG POST #188: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving a school custodian.

A school is a finely tuned machine, running on less and less funding. Everyone has a job to do, and if there’s spare time, then chances are good that position will see the hours cut in the next school year.

The 40-something custodian, in this case, had way too much free time or wasn’t doing a very good job. What he did make time for was to set up an explosion-prone “one-pot” methamphetamine lab in a storage area on the K-12 campus with approximately 1,000 students in high school, middle school, and elementary grades.

What goes into making meth? Garden fertilizer, water, lye, solvents, cold-flu pills, ammonia, and lithium batteries in an empty plastic soda pop bottle. When the ingredients aren’t mixed in the right amounts, it can result in causing a fire, explosion, and death.

When the news broke about a meth lab on campus, parents were upset about the “meth lab” but also angry that when the lab was discovered the students hadn’t been evacuated.

After pleading guilty to making meth inside a school, the judge sentenced the former custodian to six years in prison.

What are your thoughts about this case? Are you shocked something like this could take place at a school? Join the conversation on the website. We talk about the sensitive subject of crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Your relevant comments are always welcome on the Research Blog.

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Thanks for reading!

-Robin

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